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unhpuckfan2001
03-13-2011, 09:12 PM
Still waiting to hear what time game will be; typically the #1 seed (Boston College) gets the early game, although with it being two Boston schools there was discussion on having that game be in primetime.

UNH and Merrimack both swept their series, UNH beating UVM 3-1 and 4-3, while the Warriors dispatched Maine, 5-4 and 6-2.

UNH returns to the garden for the first time in what feels like 15 years; Merrimack actually is going back for the first time since something like 1998.

The teams had some entertaining, closely-played games in the regular season. The opponent is never easy at this time of year, but the discussion among UNHers last night was, "BU or the Mack?"

I expect a large contingent of Merrimack fans to show up, this being so 'new' for them. I also hope the 'wonder of it all' is too much for them and UNH wins :rolleyes:

Should be a good game.

Gibber
03-13-2011, 09:15 PM
Still waiting to hear what time game will be; typically the #1 seed (Boston College) gets the early game, although with it being two Boston schools there was discussion on having that game be in primetime.

UNH and Merrimack both swept their series, UNH beating UVM 3-1 and 4-3, while the Warriors dispatched Maine, 5-4 and 6-2.

UNH returns to the garden for the first time in what feels like 15 years; Merrimack actually is going back for the first time since something like 1998.

The teams had some entertaining, closely-played games in the regular season. The opponent is never easy at this time of year, but the discussion among UNHers last night was, "BU or the Mack?"

I expect a large contingent of Merrimack fans to show up, this being so 'new' for them. I also hope the 'wonder of it all' is too much for them and UNH wins :rolleyes:

Should be a good game.

pssssst, Merrimack is #4 :p

we get the 8PM game according to hockey east

RockTheWhit
03-13-2011, 09:15 PM
This will be the late game, scheduled for 8pm but probably not starting on time.

unhpuckfan2001
03-13-2011, 09:18 PM
pssssst, Merrimack is #4 :-p

I was under the impression that they re-seed the teams 1-4 going into this weekend . . . and I figured somebody would comment on that.

New thread title: higher-seeded UNH v lower seeded Merrimack. Too bad, as Merrimack's Gold home jerseys are pretty sharp, IMO.

How about UNH in Silver and 'Mack in Gold? :eek:

Yuppie Scum
03-13-2011, 09:30 PM
As a Mack fan, I'm entering this game with a lot of optimism. I don't think any team wants to face the Madsen Flannigan Sheen (winning) line right now.There's a good chance Mack attendance will be respectable, maybe not to BC/BU/NU levels but there is a huge buzz among the alumni base and they'll be dumb not to bus down the students.

Yuppie Scum
03-13-2011, 09:31 PM
I was under the impression that they re-seed the teams 1-4 going into this weekend . . . and I figured somebody would comment on that.

New thread title: higher-seeded UNH v lower seeded Merrimack. Too bad, as Merrimack's Gold home jerseys are pretty sharp, IMO.

How about UNH in Silver and 'Mack in Gold? :eek:

I actually love the MC away blues but for whatever reason they haven't sold them yet.

Snively65
03-13-2011, 09:45 PM
Was hoping for a BC-Mac and UNH-BU semi's, but I am just happy that the Cats are returning to the Garden after a two-year hiatus.

Anyone from UNH and/or Merrimack showing up for the first game?

I am thinking Boston Beer Works for an early meal around 4 pm, which I will need for an ultra-marathon night of hockey. :-)

REDMEN2002
03-13-2011, 09:56 PM
Was hoping for a BC-Mac and UNH-BU semi's, but I am just happy that the Cats are returning to the Garden after a two-year hiatus.

Anyone from UNH and/or Merrimack showing up for the first game?

I am thinking Boston Beer Works for an early meal around 4 pm, which I will need for an ultra-marathon night of hockey. :-)

I took Friday off and will be in Boston for noon and will be at both games. I like Merrimack's chances better against UNH than BC for obvious reasons. Plus, I hate rooting against BC. It feels unnatural.

WarriorHockey11
03-13-2011, 10:01 PM
ill be at both games... so glad northeastern won, not because MC gets to avoid BC, although that is a bit of a plus, but just so i can enjoy the first game.

unh1982
03-13-2011, 10:09 PM
ill be at both games... so glad northeastern won, not because MC gets to avoid BC, although that is a bit of a plus, but just so i can enjoy the first game.
Be careful what you wish for

John_Fuller
03-13-2011, 11:28 PM
It's a good thing I have plenty of "refreshment" in the refrigerator because I'm really looking forward to this game after what happened in Durham last month. If UNH can't contain Madsen and Sheen it could be a long evening. If Merrimack can't stay out of the box, they won't escape the type of game they had on Friday. Would not surprise me to see this game go a couple of OT's. That BC/NU game also looks to be a decent appetizer too and wouldn't be surprised if this game went to OT to decide it.

dmjossel
03-14-2011, 01:17 AM
Be careful what you wish for

C'mon, expressing a preference for playing UNH is not baiting anybody. Everybody has to play somebody. If you were not a fan of UNH, and had to choose between playing against UNH or BC this year, who would you choose?

Merrimack went 2-1 against both those teams this year, but they saw BC a long time ago, and their two wins against the Eagles were at home. They took one game from UNH on the road, in a year where a lot of people said MC couldn't win away games that meant anything. I don't see how playing the Wildcats at the Garden is worse than that, or worse than having to play BC there.

Merrimack will play their game. If they lose to UNH, I doubt anybody will be saying that we would have won if we'd drawn BC instead. In fact, in a weird way, things have worked out to Merrimack's advantage. Going 1-3 in their last four cost them a shot at the #3 seed and a first round with NU. I thought NU was the most dangerous low seed in the tourney, and they proved it by earning the only upset. So by losing to Providence, Merrimack avoided having to play NU, and because NU beat BU, MC now gets to avoid playing BC in the first round.

Anybody hoping for a title this season has to be thinking that the route to it goes through BC. If anybody other than BC is going to win it, somebody has to beat them. I think it's pretty logical, at least from a fan's perspective, to wonder if someone else might not do that for them, or at least to think there's an advantage to saving them for the last game, rather than the first. I don't see how that's anything to be careful about wishing for-- what has happened is exactly what I wished for when the season ended: a quarterfinal series at home against somebody other than NU, and a semifinal against somebody other than BC at the Garden.

dmjossel
03-14-2011, 01:20 AM
f Merrimack can't stay out of the box, they won't escape the type of game they had on Friday.

If Bigos getting a 5 minute major for boarding produces a 5-4 win, I'll take it :)

MCHOCKEY
03-14-2011, 05:03 AM
I'll be in town for Friday night's tilt, although still not sure what time I'll be heading in as it's my son's first birthday and although in a few years, when he is a little older, it can become a great father/son tradition, at just 1 year old, he's a little too young to take in the festivities just yet...but I'll be there, just a matter of when...if all goes well, I'll be in town for the NU/BC game, although might have to watch the beginning of that game from a local watering hole ;) GO MACK.

freak
03-14-2011, 05:07 AM
If anybody other than BC is going to win it, somebody has to beat them.

Holy s* it, really? :p

sterlippo1
03-14-2011, 05:58 AM
Was hoping for a BC-Mac and UNH-BU semi's, but I am just happy that the Cats are returning to the Garden after a two-year hiatus.

Anyone from UNH and/or Merrimack showing up for the first game?

I am thinking Boston Beer Works for an early meal around 4 pm, which I will need for an ultra-marathon night of hockey. :-)

or The Greatest Sports Bar, i like it there

unhpuckfan2001
03-14-2011, 06:06 AM
Beer Works get my vote, Snively - I'll be in touch, perhaps. . .

Curious about something. It's been a while since I've been to the Garden (it seemed like for a while, this weekend was Holy Week and I always had church on Friday). How organized are UNH fans, as compared to other schools, about sitting together?

I know that NU had a large contingent at Agannis, but I'm assuming they also sounded louder because they all sat together. Is there a "UNH Section" at these games? I know the Boston schools represent well, but it helps that a) they're a T-ride away and b) they're not on spring break. I remember back in 2002, UNH sent 6 buses fully loaded with students, but since UNH Charter Services closed, and the games are during break, that's not the case anymore.

Just curious whether or not I need to smuggle in a cowbell, if CBG will be doing so, or if nobody cares . . .

REDMEN2002
03-14-2011, 06:21 AM
or The Greatest Sports Bar, i like it there

I believe that will be the Merrimack bar Friday.

walrus
03-14-2011, 07:03 AM
This should be an excellent game, Glad NU did the job so it came about.:D

goblue
03-14-2011, 09:13 AM
Was hoping for a BC-Mac and UNH-BU semi's, but I am just happy that the Cats are returning to the Garden after a two-year hiatus.

Anyone from UNH and/or Merrimack showing up for the first game?

I am thinking Boston Beer Works for an early meal around 4 pm, which I will need for an ultra-marathon night of hockey. :-)
We'll be at BBW, as always -- upstairs, in all likelihood -- my 2 sons, daughter-in-law, and probably a few Maine/ND fans as well in our group.